Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Revolver by, Duane Swierczynski

What do you get when you add an unsolved murder, three generations of cops, and the city of Philadelphia? The best book of the year. Duane Swierczynski has outdone himself again with Revolver.

In May 1965, Stan Walczak and George Wildey are murdered in a corner bar. In 1995, Stan's son Jim, now a homicide detective, finds out the man he thinks murdered his father has been released on parole for another crime. Jim follows this man and stews over how he's going to get a confession out of him In 2015, Jim's daughter Audrey, a forensic sience student, pitches her professor the idea of using modern forensic science to solve the murder and boost her failing grade.

As with all of Swierczynski's books, the pacing is superb and the characters are all interesting and richly drawn. I appreciate the way he alternates telling the story of all three protagonists:  first Stan, then Jim, then Audrey, then back to Stan. There are a few twists along the way which I didn't see coming, but felt completely natural to the story Swierczynski told.

A masterful job and Highly Recommended.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Song of the Week: We Got The Funk

This is the theme song of my last vacation and an inside joke for those of us who went on it.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Song of the Week: Sleep Walk

Inspired by "Walk, Don't Run" a couple weeks back, here is another famous guitar instrumental from the 1950's/60's:  Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk".

Monday, July 11, 2016

Song of the Week: Bennie and the Jets

On this date in 2009, I saw Billy Joel and Elton John live in Washington D.C.. To mark that anniversary, here is a Billy/Elton piano duel from their first Face To Face tour in Tokyo back in 1998.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Song of the Week: But Mr. Adams

Here's another song from the musical 1776. It's between Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston about who should write the Declaration of Independence.